MSI RX 560 Aero
Delivering reasonable processing power at well under two hundred dollars, the MSI RX 560 Aero would make an excellent choice for a budding gamer’s first custom build. It uses internal copper heat pipes and dynamic ventilation to keep temperatures in a safe range.
- A perfect fit in itx cases
- Popular among mac pro users
- Can't run aaa titles at 4k
XFX GTS XXX
Fleshing out the low-budget side of the market, the XFX GTS XXX features an easily configured BIOS with a built-in overclocking function. It has a solid backplate and removable fans, to accommodate for the installation of a water cooler.
- Displayport and hdmi and dvi ports
- Great for casual gamers
- Slightly outdated architecture
Asus Vega 64 OC
Capable of pushing at least a hundred frames per second, the Asus Vega 64 OC is an incredibly capable model, albeit at a considerably high cost. It comes somewhat aggressively tweaked from the factory, but it actually works faster at a slightly lower voltage than stock.
- The ultimate in freesync-ready cards
- Can handle nearly any game
- Runs hot in most systems
EVGA 1060 SC
If you’d rather not spend an arm and a leg, the EVGA 1060 SC is a great solution, as it delivers a seamless experience at a price far lower than its bigger siblings. Its 6 gigabytes of memory are just enough to handle HD textures with ease.
- Comes overclocked by 100 megahertz
- Very compact construction
- Struggles at resolutions above 1080p
Sapphire 590 Nitro+
Based on the newest chipset release from the perennial processor underdog, the Sapphire 590 Nitro+ is an excellent way to make use of AMD FreeSync, which is much more common and less expensive than the opposition’s adaptive refresh technology.
- Over 2000 stream processors
- Built with a dual-mode uefi bios
- Speed is comparable to the gtx 1070
MSI RTX 2080 X Trio
Among the best-performing and most reliable options, the MSI RTX 2080 X Trio is named for the high-efficiency fans that keep it running coolly and quickly. It takes advantage of cutting-edge GDDR6 memory, which far exceeds its predecessor in bandwidth.
- Powerful software suite
- Attractive brushed-metal backplate
- Extremely highly priced
Asus ROG Vega 56
The Asus ROG Vega 56 is one of the rare competitors to the high-end GTX line, and it comes in at a price that won’t totally shock you. Its 8 gigabytes of HBM2 memory and moderate out-of-the-box overclock make it ideal for 1440p operation at the highest graphics settings.
- Ip5x dust-resistant fans
- Six display outputs
- A good selection for vr builds
EVGA GTX 1080 TI
Even though its chipset has been superseded by a later generation, the EVGA GTX 1080 TI is an excellent solution for a high-end gaming rig. This particular variant can even outperform all but the very fastest of the new releases.
- Extensive temperature monitoring
- Onboard thermal status lights
- 11 gigabytes of gddr5 ram
Zotac GTX 1070 Ti Amp
At a surprisingly reasonable price, the Zotac GTX 1070 Ti Amp is about as fast as you’ll find, without making an overly large investment. It’s an ideal choice for anyone building their own VR-ready PC, and it should be a viable GPU for quite some time.
- 1 hdmi and 3 displayport outputs
- Capable of 4k resolution at 60 fps
- Uses advanced gddr5x ram
MSI RTX 2070 Z
The MSI RTX 2070 Z utilizes hardware-based machine learning to combine individual pixels into the crispest, cleanest images imaginable. As of its release, it’s the only thing capable of real-time ray tracing that could possibly be called cost effective.
- Outperforms the gtx 1080
- 288 cutting-edge tensor cores
- Unrivaled 1830-mhz boost clock